Once in a while I decide to purchase a Club Europe ticket on British Airways, which is worth the expense if I buy the ticket on Avios miles, but less so if I am paying for the ticket with cash unless I spot a good British Airways Sale.
The problem is that I don’t travel enough on a single airline to make it worth flying Club Europe solely for tier points towards status, so I am purely paying for the pre flight lounge access, in flight experience and extra seat space. The fact that the leg room on the British Airways seats in Club Europe, (is it just me or does BA have a rather old fleet of aircraft…), are the same as those in their basic Euro Traveller class limits the luxury that this service offers. You can also read my pick of the best seats on Club Europe.
As far as I can see the benefits are:
- Avoidance of quite the level of claustrophobic intimacy with the traveller in the neighbouring seat that you experience in standard class. This is because your “middle” seat, which separates you from your neighbour is always free in Club Europe as the cabins are configured 3+3 on either side of the aisle, with the central seat left free.
- More space to fit hand baggage in the overhead lockers which can be a struggle in economy now so many people travel with hand baggage only.
- Improved food offering, (see photo), which includes nuts, (dry roasted, almond sand salted mix), with your drink, something I always appreciate when I am hungry and a full and tasty meal. By comparison, the World Traveller offering tends to be a drink and a sandwich or wrap like you can buy in Tescos and on some flights you only get crisps in economy!
- Separate toilet facilities from the World Traveller cabin.
- British Airways Club Lounge – see my more comprehensive review of the British Airways Galleries Lounge in London Heathrow Airport, and my review of the Galleries South lounge in T5.
- And fast track access through customs and at checkin.
Clearly if your standard Euro Traveller seat on your european flight is next to an ill-looking sneezing passenger, then the Club Europe offering pays for itself in germ reduction. The whole experience in Club is more relaxed and sophisticated and the air host/hostess have more time to take care of you. Certainly I feel spending my Avios is well worth it to enjoy the less stressful Club experience. But when paying with cash I find it hard to justify spending £600 pp one way to Nice. I prefer to divert the cash I’ve saved, (frugal me!), into that extra Michelin star for my evening meal at the other end – Alain Ducasse, and Joel Robuchon? Don’t mind if I do!